Players Circle announces 2021-22 season
Players Circle Performing Arts offering ticket subscriptions
On St. Patrick’s Day 2020, the Players Circle Theater held its final theatrical performance, the first and only performance of “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time.”
Of course, the COVID pandemic quashed the theater’s first season and forced them to reimagine themselves. However, 20 months later, the renamed Players Circle Performing Arts is ready to hold its first full fall-winter season, which will feature three plays and three musicals.
Robert Cacioppo, artistic director, said it will be nice to finally be able to put on a full season after having the first season aborted and the second never get off the ground.
“We couldn’t have had a more difficult birth of the Players Circle between the fire marshal shutting us down and then COVID coming in. But someone said to me we may only be halfway there, but the first half was all uphill,” Cacioppo said. “I really think when we get started on Oct. 4 with our new season, we’ll be gliding downhill.”
Opening play will be “The Lifespan of a Fact” by Jeremy Karekan, David Murrell and Gordon Farrell. Based on the book of the same title by John D’Agata and Jim Fingal, it runs Oct. 27 to Nov. 14. The play looks at the importance of truth in journalism in the age of “Fake News.”
“Jingle Bell Jubilee,” a musical holiday revue, will run from Dec. 8 to 16.
“Night and Day – Love Lost and Found Through the Eyes of Cole Porter,” a musical created by Cacioppo, Victoria Casella and Arthur D’Alessio runs from Jan. 5 to 16 and will feature more than 30 of Porters’ most beloved songs in more of an operatic format.
“The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time,” by Simon Stephens, based on the book by Mark Haddon, runs Feb. 16 to March 6. The show was to run during the first season, but was cut short on March 17, 2020 when the pandemic forced everything to be shut down.
“Hard Travelin’ with Woody,” written and performed by Randy Noojin runs March 23 to April 3. This multimedia show features the words, music and artwork of Woody Guthrie.
“Miracle on South Division Street” by Tom Dudzick will close the season with laughs galore with a hilarious comedy about a who had always known they were special since that miraculous night in 1942 when the blessed Virgin Mary appeared before Grandpa in his barbershop. Or did she?
Cacioppo said many other theaters are “dumbing down” their seasons with happy stories, and that he didn’t expect to be the theater that had the hot new shows.
“The fact we are doing two recent Broadway shows like ‘Curious Incident’ and ‘Lifespan of A Fact’ where no other theaters are doing that kind of work, it’s exciting,” Cacioppo said. “I’ve always loved giving our audience a chance to see the hot Broadway show. I can’t believe I got the rights and nobody else is doing it.”
Players Circle had pivoted from theater to Cabaret space (with social distancing), successfully producing jazz, stand-up comedy, Broadway revues, Burlesque, Grammy-winning country singers, comedy improv and other acts.
This proved so successful that the Players Circle will continue to offer this entertainment before, after and between runs of their six plays.
“If it weren’t for COVID, we never would have created the format of a nightclub or cabaret space,” Cacioppo said. “I know people absolutely love seeing Danny Sinoff and the comedians.”
Musicals will have 10 performances each, five each week for two weeks: Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, 7 p.m.; Fridays, 8 p.m; and Sundays, 2 p.m. Individual tickets are available for $50 VIP table seating (wait service, sitting at tables), and $40 (theater style seating).
In addition to the musical series, the theater is pleased to have The Danny Sinoff Trio, Singing the American Songbook, appear on Mondays, starting Oct. 4. Danny utilizes a different theme each week His shows are at 7 p.m. VIP tickets are $25; general admission tickets are $15.
The theater is offering a variety of ticket subscriptions:
* All three plays and three musical performances VIP tickets, $225.
* All three plays and three musical performances, general admission, $210.
* Three plays, $120
* Three musical performances, VIP tickets, $120.
* Three musical performances, general admission, $105.
Single tickets are on sale. Group rates and other packages are available.
Tickets may be ordered by mail, online at PlayersCircleTheater.com, or by calling 239-800-3292. Parking is free. Box Office hours are Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. All other times, leave a message at 239-800-3292.
A special drink and shareable menu is available for cabaret shows and musicals. A full dinner and bar is also available at the adjacent Southern Grill. Call 239-800-3292 for reservations.
The Players Circle’s fall cabaret season of musical revues, improv and stand-up comedies, solo shows, country, and jazz will be announced on Oct. 1.
The Players Circle Performing Arts Center was developed by veterans of the Southwest Florida theater movement, Carrie Lund Cacioppo and Robert Cacioppo. They have been prominent faces of theater in Lee County for more than 35 years, having started Lee County’s first professional theatre on Sanibel Island and the Florida Repertory Theatre, which has been named “One of America’s best regional theatres” during their tenure by The Wall Street Journal. Players Circle Performing Arts Center is a professional black box theater providing Broadway-level entertainment. Follow it online at PlayersCircleTheater.com .